Beautiful Baguio

This is my first time to go to Baguio with my friends / co-employees. I thank God for the safe trip!

I want to share our super tipid and budget-friendly trip to Baguio in just an overnight! We stayed at Baguio Pines Garden Villas, at Room 1A. The rate is P4, 000 for 6 pax with 2 bedrooms. The apartment is quite big and with sala, balcony, restroom and kitchen (also comes with free use of gas, oven toaster, utensils and different sizes of pans). We arrived at 3:00 am on February 25 and we check -out at 7:00 am on February 26, 2017.

For more details: You can contact Ms. Junalyn – +639 175190713.

Our first destination, Lourdes Grotto – located at  Dominican Hill Rd, Baguio, 2100 Benguet. You can buy flowers and candles that you can offer to Grotto. 

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Our Lady of Atonement – Baguio Cathedral – it is very beautiful cathedral in Gothic style.

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Sidetrip to Bookends Baguio, since I discovered that there is another branch of Bookends other than Bookends Mayon, I am determined to go here, thanks to my friends for allowing me (haha). There are so many books that are really cheap. You can buy John Green books for P 230.00 only! Also, they had an event outside where you can see beautiful paintings, it is called The Art Fusion.

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ART FUSION

We went to Burnham Park, but there is no available parking so the 2 of my friends didn’t able to watch the Panagbenga Festival Competition. We cheered as contestant #5 is dancing, they are very alive and very creative in their props.

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This is my co-employees, Ms. Rose, Ms. Jhenn, (Me) and Ms. Ann with our very best, candid shot at Wright Park! You can wear Ifugao costumes for only P20.00 each (unlimited shots)

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The famous The Mansion, you will find the history below:

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Since Burnham Park and Wright Park are very crowded, we had our lunch in the car, parked along the road.

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We planned to have some time at Vanilla Cafe, but since it was closed due to a birthday celebration, we ended up at Lemon and Olives Greek Tavern. The ambiance is so nice and the view is very encouraging, plus, you can have instagrammable photos!

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Right after the Lemon and Olives, we toast the glass of water for La Trinidad! We really want to go there as we  see the amazing view of the houses. Thanks to David’s Paint and their volunteers!

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According to my friends, this is the actual view of the Valley of Colors:

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Credits to Scout Mag PH!

Our last stop for the day, the famous Strawberry Farm! You can pick your own strawberry for P450/basket (kilo).

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Don’t forget to try their famous strawberry ice cream!

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Tip: You can stop by at Puregold near Baguio Pines Villas, prepare your meals for tomorrow. We cooked hotdogs, skinless longganisa, adobo, porkchop and we also bought some fruits aside from our baon (coffee, chocolate powder, candies, snacks, breads, sandwich spread etc.) 🙂

Groupfiiie before going to Panagbenga Festival.

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Waking up at 4:30 am is worth it for this beautiful event! We saw artists like Jericho Rosales, Bea Alonzo and Ecnchong Dee. We had so much fun here. Seeing this famous festival, the creativity of using flower in their floats.

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PANAGBENGA

Your tour is not complete without stopping by at the souvenir shops. And we all know the famous Good Shepherd Convent for the pasalubong! In buying their famouus Ube Jam, you have to get a number from one of the booths, and they advised to write your orders in a small paper. before lining up in the cashier.

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You can read the history of the convent in Shepherd’s Galley. They have a timeline here of the founders of the convent.

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I made this itinerary for us, because we really push to go in Baguio for the Panagbenga Festival.

Day 0 – February 24, 2017

9 pm departing Manila

Day 1 – February 25, 2017

3:00 am – Welcome to Baguio City! We stayed in Bagiuo Villa Pine Trees

6:30 am – (supposedly, we discussed to have a call time at 5:00am but we already go to bed around 4:30)

9:00 am – Let’s start the tour!

  1. Lourdes Grotto
  2. Baguio Cathedral
  3. Bookends
  4. Burnham Park Grandstand
  5. The Wright Park
  6. The Mansion
  7. Lemon and Olives Greek Tavern
  8. Valley of Colors
  9. Strawberry Farm

6:00 pm – Time for the grocery

Day 2 – February 26, 2017

4:30 am – Call time

7:00 am – Let’s start the tour!

  1. Panagbenga Festival – bucket list achieved!
  2. Good Shepherds Convent

10:30 am – departing Baguio

We had our lunch at Isdaan, Gerona, Tarlac. The restaurant is owned by Ongpauco Family, it is Thailand-inspired so you can see buddhas, temples and many attractions.

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That’s it! Hope this will help you in planning for your next trip 🙂

Other attractions to visit:

  • BenCab Museum
  • Bell Church
  • Tam-Awan Village
  • Baguio Museum
  • Camp John Hay

Special thanks to the cousins of Ms. Jhenn for the transportation! 🙂

With love,

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